duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) , ˈdə-kliŋ\

Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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Officers were able to rescue the ducklings and reunite them with their mother, Flavin said. Adam Sennott,, "Arlington police rescue 11 ducklings from sewer drain," 6 May 2018 Ramps for ducklings are back at the reflecting pool at the U.S. Capitol, wildlife experts said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Duck ramps are back — and are safer — at U.S. Capitol reflecting pool," 1 May 2018 On Monday, the remaining duckling hatched — and found a new home, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: The EPA won't change policy after Pruitt. But it might be more transparent about it.," 10 July 2018 The ducklings sleep with Fred in his dog basket, the BBC reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Labrador becomes foster dad to orphaned ducklings," 22 May 2018 On the afternoon of May 18, Saugus police and fire personnel responded to a report that ducklings had fallen down a storm drain on Ballard Street. Emily Sweeney,, "In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping," 6 July 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel GREENDALE - Village workers came to the rescue when six ducklings fell through a storm sewer grate. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Video shows ducklings rescued from Greendale storm sewer by DPW worker," 25 June 2018 An Interior employee who lives in rural Virginia volunteered to adopt the orphaned duckling. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Federal workers cared for a mother duck before rats devoured her nest. Then this lone duckling hatched.," 9 July 2018 Police said the workers placed the ducklings in a box and turned them over to the care of Falmouth Animal Control. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Ducklings rescued from storm drain by Falmouth construction crew," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck
: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) \

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: a young duck

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